US District Court
Western District of Oklahoma

Chief Judge - Vicki Miles-LaGrange

Court Clerk - Robert D Dennis

200 NW 4th Street

Oklahoma City OK 73102

(405) 609-5000

United States District Court for the
Western District of Oklahoma

Chief Judge - Vicki Miles-LaGrange

Court Clerk - Carmelita Reeder Shinn

200 NW 4th Street

Oklahoma City OK 73102

(405) 609-5000

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Welcome to the web page for Alternative - Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Settlement Procedures available in the Western District of Oklahoma. This page has been created to answer questions, provide program information, forms and educational materials for parties, attorneys, mediators, other ADR providers as well as those generally interested in Court ADR. Court sponsored ADR processes enhance civil justice and offer alternatives and options to litigants, often providing an earlier understanding of the case, exploration of solutions to underlying problems and interests, and improved communication. This process can lead to more focused trials or to mutual settlement solutions thus eliminating the risks, time and costs often associated with full litigation and trial. Please select one of the above options to assist you. Each contains links to forms and other useful materials.

For further information and assistance, please contact: Marcia Davis, designated ADR Administrator for the Court at (405)609-5078.

Mediation Information & Packets

Mediation is a flexible, non-binding process in which an impartial third person, the mediator, facilitates communication between disputing parties, assists negotiation and promotes understanding, reconciliation and settlement. The purpose of this procedure in this Court is to provide parties a very early dispute resolution process before positions harden and costs become too great.

Packets discussed at the Status and Scheduling Conferences for parties participating in mediation contain the information necessary to utilize and benefit from the Court’s mediation program.

Additional Information for Litigants:

Information and Forms for Mediators:

Judicial Settlement Conference Information

A judicial settlement conference is a facilitative, evaluative and collaborative process in which a judge presides and assists negotiation and resolution among the parties. A judicial settlement conference is scheduled for most cases when the case is set on a published trial docket. Settlement conference statements with cover sheets are not filed with the Court but must be submitted to the assigned settlement judge as set forth in the Settlement Conference Order. Settlement conference statements and cover sheets may be mailed or delivered to the settlement judge or may be submitted to the settlement judge electronically through the e-mail address identified in the ECF Policy and Procedures Manual. The ECF policy for attachments of lengthy exhibits applies to Settlement Conference Statements if e-mailed to settlement judges.

ADR Plan, Local Rules & General Orders

See LCv16.3, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Settlement Procedures in the Local Civil Rules

Frequently Requested ADR Forms & Panel Lists

 

In order to view or print some of these pages you must have at a minimum Adobe Acrobat Reader. Certain forms are available in PDF fillable. If the ECF registrant has Adobe Writer, the document may be filled out and e-mailed to Court for electronic filing. If not, scanning may be necessary.